Car specifications

BMW 520 (1)

BMW 520

The BMW E12 is the first generation of 5 Series executive cars, which was produced from 1972 to 1981 and replaced the saloon models of the BMW New Class range.

Initial models were powered by inline-four engines, using either a carburettor or fuel-injection. A year after launch, the first model powered by a straight-six engine was introduced. By the final years of E12 production, most models used a straight-six engine.

There was no M5 model for the E12, however the E12 M535i is considered to be the predecessor to the M5. The E24 6 Series coupés were built on the E12 platform up until 1982. The E12 was replaced by the E28 5 Series in 1981, although the tools were sent to South Africa where E12 assembly continued (with E28 interiors) until 1984.

General Data

Make
BMW
Model
520
Model Code
E12
Production Year(s)
1972 - 1975
Country of origin
Germany

Body work and dimensions

Body type
Saloon
Doors
4
Number of seats
5

Engine

Engine Type
in-line
Cylinders
4
Engine Displacement (cc)
1990
Engine Displacement (cui)
121
Engine (l)
2.0
Engine HP
113
Engine PS
115
Engine KW
85
@RPM
5800
Fueltype
Gasoline

Transmission

Transmission Type
Manual
Number of gears
4

Chassis

Engine position
Front
Drive Train
Rear Wheel Drive

Performance (Factory Claim)

Top Speed Km/h
176
Top Speed MP/H
109
Acceleration 0-100 km/h | 0-62 Mph in sec.
11.8

Credit Photography and text

Photography
Courtesy of KennisCars
Technical Specifications
Archive Superclassics
Last modified
22/08/2022